The Silver Scrolls are New Zealand's top song writing award. The awards are organised by APRA, the Australasian Performing Rights Association. They recognise songwriting, rather than commercial achievement. Songs are nominated and voted on by APRA members, meaning the winner is truly a selection of peers. Each year APRA hosts a glamorous awards ceremony to award the Silver Scroll. One of the features of the show is the performance of the final five finalist songs by other New Zealand acts. This allows the songs to be heard in a different genre and with different interpretations, allowing truly great songwriting to shine through.
In September 2007 Chris Walker, the NZ music correspondent for The Beach, a Waiheke Island radio station, attended the Silver Scroll awards. Chris talked to nominated finalists and recorded the on-stage performances. This was all presented on the station as a special on Counting The Beat, the stations regular NZ music show. Take a listen